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Old 02-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Thoughts before I replace my ball joints and tie rod ends 02 wrx

Before I replace my ball joints and tie rod ends is there and anything I should look at that could be making a clunking sound? I have a 02 WRX with 134k on it and have had a clunking sound for about two months coming from the passenger side. I had thought it was my sway bar bushing as when trying to find where the noise was coming from, I noticed that there was a big chunk of the bushing missing. Today I replaced the sway bar bushings with polyurethane bushings. After a quick test drive I was still getting a clunking sound from the passenger side. I put it back up in the air and tried to move things around I cant find the noise. I only here it when I'm driving and hit a dip or uneven pavement on the road and coming out of my driveway sometimes. So what other things should I look at before I replace my ball joints and tie rod ends?

Also are there and manufactures I should stay away from? I plan on just buying from autozone But have been looking on ebay and amazon also.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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Do you have all the right tools to remove ball joint from the knuckle? If I were you, I will try to find OEM ball joint from FS section. That's where I found 2 new ball joints for $25 shipped. I'd recommend either OEM or Moog for tie-rod.

I am having the same issue, but it wasn't the ball joint or tie rod end. Next thing I'm going to replace is axle and putting in a spacer between bar and end link.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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Do you have all the right tools to remove ball joint from the knuckle? If I were you, I will try to find OEM ball joint from FS section. That's where I found 2 new ball joints for $25 shipped. I'd recommend either OEM or Moog for tie-rod.

Yes I have all the tools. I had forgotten about moog I used them on a few other car, I may use them.

I am having the same issue, but it wasn't the ball joint or tie rod end. Next thing I'm going to replace is axle and putting in a spacer between bar and end link.
This is what I'm trying to avoid, not that they couldn't use to be replaced, but I don't want to spend the money on something that wont fix the problem. As for the axle mine look new and the boots are in great condition, However I will see if I can get them to make noise when I look at the car tomorrow.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:39 PM   #4
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I had the same problem on my 04. Turned out the front sway bar links were a little loose. Make sure if you tighten them that the car is on the ground.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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Check the axle boot on that side. Typically the heat from the turbo/down pipe cooks and dries out the rubber boot. Grease gets spun out and axle dies soon after.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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Start cheapest first.. swaybar endlinks..

Ball joints dont usually clunk, unless they are about to fall out of the cup, they typically give a "pop"... a much sharper noise than a clunk
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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You can test sway bar end links by removing one side.

Instead of getting OEM Replacement ball joints and tie rod ends, consider the Whiteline kit.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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Check that the axle nut is tight.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:47 PM   #9
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Start cheapest first.. swaybar endlinks..

Ball joints dont usually clunk, unless they are about to fall out of the cup, they typically give a "pop"... a much sharper noise than a clunk
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You can test sway bar end links by removing one side.

Instead of getting OEM Replacement ball joints and tie rod ends, consider the Whiteline kit.
just now updating this thread. I ended up replacing ball joint, but like you all said it was the endlinks.
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